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Chandler Multicultural Festival 

Chandler Multicultural FestivalEach January, Chandler sponsors the Multicultural Festival, in association with the Celebration of Unity,  to highlight the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, storytelling and more.
 

 

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library Plaza
(125 E. Commonwealth Ave)
FREE ADMISSION

 


The Chandler Multicultural Festival is presented by the City's Diversity Office with the support of the Friends of the Chandler Public Library. 


Event Schedule

           11 a.m.           Event Begins
           11 a.m.           USA Naturalization Ceremony 
           12:10 p.m.      Mayor's Welcome
           12:20 p.m.      Chandler Community Celebration Choir          
           12:30 p.m.      Ken and Guitarras Latinas
          
           1:20 p.m.        Injury Reserve
           
           2:00 p.m.        AXE Folklorico

           2:30 p.m.        The Greek Dance Group
           3:00 p.m.        Silhouette Band
           4:00 p.m.        Event Concludes



Entertainment Biographies
Chandler Community Celebration Choir 12:20-12:30pm
The Chandler Community Celebration Choir (C4) is a community-oriented choir comprised of folks ages 22 and above, with a varying range of singing experience, from extensive to only shower singing. We are still in the early stages and are always open to new members including vocalist and/or musicians, so join us as we lift our voices in song and praise to the Lord, unifying and edifying each other and the community at large! We have already appeared with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, the Chandler Unity Festival and at Faith Community Church in concert.

This choir is comprised of different churches around the area. Each person has their own and church choir they sing. They perform with this choir to understand other ways to praise God. This is a another way to celebrate Christ.

Rehearsals are held 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:00pm at The Congregational Church of the Valley, 240 S. Cooper Dr., in Chandler. Various performances are being scheduled throughout the year. Contact Director Victor E. Hardy for more information at victorehardy@gmail.com.

Guitarras Latinas 12:30-1:15pm
How would you like to stroll the beaches of Brazil, dance the streets of Havana, and experience the electricity of Sevilla, all in one day?  Guitarras Latinas takes you there, with an inspiring “musical tour” of Latin America.  With beautiful flamenco guitars, spicy castanets, romantic vocals and dynamic Latin Percussion, Guitarras Latinas transports your heart and soul to Venezuela, Old Mexico, the Andes and more.  So put your passport away!  Join Guitarras Latinas and experience a cultural journey through Latin America…











Injury Reserve 1:20-1:50pm 
Injury Reserve is a hip hop trio from Phoenix, Arizona consisting of two emcees, both originally from California, Stepa J Groggs and Ritchie With A T, along with their producer Parker Corey. The group has been tucked away for 2 years in the back room of a Dentist Office perfecting their craft and creating hip hop based in positivity.



 Grupo Axé Capoeira Arizona 2:00-2:30pm 
Grupo Axé Capoeira of Arizona is well known throughout the state for laboring tirelessly to share the cultural richness of capoeira, sharing a positive message of respect, diversity and community. Capoeira is a dynamic sport that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and self-defense.  Grupo Axé Capoeira Arizona has conducted countless workshops, performances, and residency programs for Arizona elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, corporations, sport teams, churches and charity organizations. We are favored performers with avid followers at multicultural festivals, streets fairs and other events. Grupo Axé Capoeira Arizona is one of the most unique, vibrant and diverse performance groups in Arizona


 




  


The Greek Dance Group 2:30pm
The St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church community offers traditional Greek dance instruction to all members starting at 3 years old. Our youngest group is called Mikra Pedakia meaning little little children. Our Elementary School group is called Elios meaning the Sun. The Middle School group is called Doxa meaning Glory. Eliaktithes is our Young Adult group who have been dancing for many years and you can see perform at A Taste of Greece Festival and other events throughout the year. We also feel that you are never too old to dance and on a command performance request we have a Senior Adult Group called Gerondakia (old people). Many of our groups have competed at FDF which is held annually and is the largest gathering worldwide of Greek Orthodox Youth. Dancing is an integral part of the Greek lifestyle and everyone can join in. For performance or instruction requests please contact us at StKatherinedancers@gmail.com


Silhouette 3:00-4:00pm 
Silhouette is a vibrant band, specializing in jazz, Motown and contemporary music. Originally formed in 2005 to perform as the band at Barcelona Restaurant in North Scottsdale, Az. Silhouette is now performing Corporates, Weddings, and various events such as The Boys & Girls Club fund raiser, The Taste Of The Town, Phoenix Basketball charities around the Valley. Silhouette can be seen at Talking Stick Resort and Casino, Lone Butte Casino, El Pedrigal as well as local clubs and restaurants.











  Volunteer Information

Are you interested in volunteering?  We have a great opportunity for anyone who needs community service hours or just want to help out a great event. Do you want to assist with the entertainment or help out with the activity booths?  We are actively seeking volunteers to assist with this great community event. 

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Vendor Information

The Multicultural Festival is seeking vendors to participate in this year's event. Interested vendors must submit an application either online or by mail to the City of Chandler.

**WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING VENDOR APPLICATIONS FOR THIS YEAR'S EVENT - ALL SPACE HAS BEEN ALLOCATED.**
(updated December 2, 2014)


 Submitting Application:
- The 2014 Vendor Priority application deadline is Friday, October 17, 2014.
- The general vendor application deadline is Friday, December 12, 2014 or when all space has been reserved.
- If you are a new organization applying to participate in the event, your application will be accepted on a first come first serve basis once the priority deadline has expired. You are encouraged to submit an application prior to the 2014 vendor priority deadline and applications will be held in the order they are received.

Submit an application for the 2015 Multicultural Festival here:
1. Read the Vendor Information Sheet (pdf)

2. Submit      Application - (pdf)      or       Online Vendor Application

For questions or additional information on becoming a vendor, please call 480-782-2669.
 

Event History

In 1995, the Friends of the Chandler Public Library established the Chandler Multicultural Festival to bring the community together for a fun-filled day of art, music, and dance while also learning a little more about the rich cultural diversity that exists in our community. The festival has grown into a signature event for the City and offers a quality arts experience in the comfortable setting of the downtown Chandler Public Library!  

The Multicultural Festival is a part of the Celebration of Unity annual events held each January to honor our community's heritage and diversity, along with the spirit and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights movement.

Special Events Hotline
480-782-2735